Japanese Shoes: Bespoke & RTW Super Thread

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  1. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A Visit to Clematis, Tokyo Part 2

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    Monk Straps in light tan Elephant.

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    I really like the house last with the full round toe. Takano calls the shape 'cute', but they're designed for comfort in mind.

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    Booties in Calf/Elephant combo.

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    The clean lines of the last looks great on boots.

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    Dress casuals. Hippo/suede on the left.

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    A seemless wholecut sample. I asked him where the pinhole was. He looked confused and told me of course there isn't one :embar:

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    Seemless wholecut in the making.

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    A collection of mostly unlined summer slip ons.

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    Slip ons in lizard.

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    The soles are attached with brass pegs.

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    Mr. Keitaro Takano. He always has a great smile.

    Clematis shoes are available in several configurations.
    The 'Original Order' allows you to select a design from his vast repertoire, and one of his House lasts. Construction wise, there is the '9.5 Handmade' construction (hand lasted and hand welted, but the soles are partially machine stitched, the waist is hand stitched), which is perhaps the best value. You can also opt to go Full Handmade for a tighter, tailored waist and a higher degree of finish. Personally, I think Takano-san's bottoming stitchwork is something to behold.

    Price starts from ¥163,800 ($1600 USD) for 9.5 Handmade shoes, and ¥248,850 ($2450 USD) for Full Handmade.

    Or you have an option to go full Bespoke, with a new pattern and a new last. Bespokes are also offered with 9.5, or full handmade option. Bespoke price starts from ¥283,500 ($2800) for 9.5 Handmade, and ¥372,750 ($3700) for full blown handmade.

    The selection of leather is great, with a healthy choice in exotics, from hippos to elephants to sharks etc...
    Mr. Takano is open to taking international orders, and in fact has a roster of international clientele. He has a translator for order taking.

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    I tried on his fitting shoes, and the grip was very strong all around, with an excellent hold on my tiny heels. Best of all, there were generous room in the toe box. I wear a UK 6.5 (24.5cm) for most UK brands, and I had a pretty much perfect fit for Clematis's equivalent size.

    Clematis HP: http://www.clematis-ginza.com


    My thanks to Takano-san@Clematis Ginza
     
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    very clean look I like it! all marked individually by hand, that sounds painful... so dedicated
     


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    I saw this on Justin Shoe Snob blog the other day....I am thinking I have the collection, just missing a bespoke shoedrobe to
    store my collection gracefully....my next project...to clear the garage and convert into a walk-in shoedrobe....

    Enjoy the pic.

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    As a serious collector you will know, nothing but white tie will do when handling your shoes:

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    Adolphe Menjou (1890-1963)
     
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  6. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Love the wall cabinet. That ladder is just hilarious

    Whenever I go to Ikea's custom wardrobe/closet section... I fantasise doing the same thing
     


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    I am too poor to afford those spaces at where I live. :(
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    o.e. by Osamu Egawa

    I dropped by the 10th Anniversary Show @ hand sewn welted boot maker o.e.'s studio.
    Below is the 10th Anniversary model, a calf/suede combo shoes with antique buttons.

    Buttoned Shoes with Diamond cap
    Full handmade MTO

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    Egawa-san often harkens back to the Victorian and Edwardian era for inspiration.
    This ghillie-like design with diamond caps certainly seems to reflect the spirit of that era.

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    Antique Victorian Austrian-Tiny buttons with mother of pearl inlay; with hand sewn button holes

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    The bevelled waist is shaped quite aggressively.

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    Fit and finish is as near flawless as I've ever seen.

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    The notch (on the left), to mark the transition to the waist, is among the delightful details of o.e. shoes


    more pictures and report to follow!
     


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    My mind is now officially and irreparably blown.
     


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    Those pitched heels and that pair of lazy man shoes are ...
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Those lazyman whole cuts and the combo booties are crazy nice and among my favorites. I still can't believe that I forgot to get some detail shots of them :brick:
     
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    I'm in complete awe of this thread. This thing is phenomenal.

    I'm going to be in Japan from 6-15 July. Seriously considering changing my return flight and sticking around for a few more days! Nutcracker, you mentioned that sales are on in July. Is this mostly in the second half of the month?

    Also, have you thought about uploading all of these places onto a public google map?
    That way we'd have a handy resource where we could post pics, contact info, reports etc.
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Isetan Sale (the nicest selection) starts 7/17 (doh!), but most other sales start from early July, so plenty of great places to bargain hunt. I can post sales info PSA of some sort once they're available.

    Glad to hear you're enjoying the thread!! but yeah, I'm actually trying to work on a map of some sorts, possibly on an own site, but a public google map should do the trick too.
     
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    How likely is it to score large size shoes e.g. 29 and above during sales in Japan.
     


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    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Frankly, Japanese RTW brands rarely make up to size 29 in the first place.
    For import brands, I suppose your chances are higher. The easiest way is to ask/call the store beforehand :D
     


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